An Ordinary Execution (Une exécution ordinaire)

An Ordinary Execution (Une exécution ordinaire) France (2010) Dir. Marc Dugain The phrase “victim of one’s success” may seem like an oxymoron since success is usually regarded to being positive, but as history has shown us success brings as much opportunities for a downfall as it does the expectant rewards. An adaptation of his own … Continue reading An Ordinary Execution (Une exécution ordinaire)

Chaika The Coffin Princess

Chaika The Coffin Princess (Cert 18) 3 Discs DVD/2 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running time: 293 minutes approx. If you are a horror fan and the title of this series has caught your eye then you need to know now that this is not the show you think it is. While it does contain … Continue reading Chaika The Coffin Princess

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens US (2015) Dir. J.J. Abrams A long time ago in a cinema not too far away, I saw the original Star Wars (way before it was promoted as Episode IV - A New Hope) and it had a tremendous impact on me. After the huge misstep of the indulgent and … Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Easy Money II: Hard to Kill (Snabba cash II)

Easy Money II: Hard to Kill (Snabba cash II) Sweden (2012) Dir. Babak Najafi I wasn’t overly enamoured with the first film in this trilogy based on the novels by Jens Lapidus but I was enticed enough to check out the sequels. However, my memory of the first film is practically non-existent so I am … Continue reading Easy Money II: Hard to Kill (Snabba cash II)

Magi – The Kingdom Of Magic Series 2 Part 2

Magi – The Kingdom Of Magic Series 2 Part 2 (Episodes 14-25) (Cert 12) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment/Kaze UK) Running time: 293 minutes approx. There is no pausing for breath as we dive right back into the action of this second series of this distinctly Japanese take on the One Thousand And One Nights. … Continue reading Magi – The Kingdom Of Magic Series 2 Part 2

Of Horses And Men (Hross í oss)

Of Horses And Men (Hross í oss) Iceland (2013) Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson Humour as we know is very subjective and it is fair to say that European humour, especially around the Nordic regions, is often a law unto its own and doesn’t always travel so well. Which brings us to this directorial debut from Icelandic … Continue reading Of Horses And Men (Hross í oss)

Janosik: A True Story (Janosik. Prawdziwa historia)

Janosik: A True Story (Janosik. Prawdziwa historia) Poland/Slovakia/Czech Republic (2009) Dirs. Kasia Adamik & Agnieszka Holland I must confess to have never heard of Juro Janosik, a Slovakian highwayman who did actually exist in the 18th century and is a folklore legend across Eastern Europe. A parallel of sorts would be our very own Robin … Continue reading Janosik: A True Story (Janosik. Prawdziwa historia)

Samurai Harem

Samurai Harem (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 302 minutes approx. The temptation is strong to dispense with a full review and simply state that “the title says it all” which is only partly true - it does involve a samurai and a harem of girls - but also offers a lot more, … Continue reading Samurai Harem

Tag (Riaru onigokko)

Tag (Riaru onigokko) Japan (2015) Dir. Sion Sono Sion Sono has been busy in 2015. Tag is his sixth film of the year (five theatrical films and one TV movie) and follows in the great tradition of Sono’s prior output by crossing genres on a whim. Tag is a unique adaptation of the novel Real … Continue reading Tag (Riaru onigokko)

So I Can’t Play H!

So I Can’t Play H! (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 283 minutes approx. Before we get to the review of this supernatural harem comedy a quick explanation of the title is in order, should anyone think this is about an actor not getting the role of Ian Watkins in the movie biopic … Continue reading So I Can’t Play H!